At last, sitting in the circle- of clever folks, If you lack knowledge, give up the cheap-talk! Such exhibitions, show-offs of peacock, earns you laugh and mock!

 

Hafez (1325 – 1389): From Ghazal No. 286

Last night,
my clever fellow–
went on to let me know:
“ Hafez! I shall confide in you–
the wise coverts of my sage guru:

Take life easy, let go!
or the whole wide world–
responding in kind, evens the score!
It has been taken note, in all the records!

***&***
Dear, with a broken heart, yet smile, smile!
Just like the garnet heart, the ruby inside–
of this glass of wine!

And don’t be like a harp!
Shaking, screaming, noising, acting up–
as its cords are tapped, its strings are rubbed!

Friend, never before–
being let inside, the intimate entourage,
they won’t pull away, the curtains of the stage!
You won’t be addressed, nor conveyed a message!

***&***

And then,
said my clever friend:

In the realm of love,
you can never claim, or I will deny–
dialogue and discourse, question and reply!
There, all of your flesh- must be ear and eye!

At last,
sitting in the circle- of clever folks,
If you lack knowledge, give up the cheap-talk!
Such exhibitions, show-offs of peacock,
earns you laugh and mock!

Translation: Maryam Dilmaghani, July 2012, Halifax
-..-.-.-.-.-.-

PS. The picture is The Monarch of Love by M. Rassouli:
http://www.rassouli.com/

*****&*****

In Persian:

دوش با من گفت پنهان کاردانی تیزهوش
و از شما پنهان نشاید کرد سر می فروش

گفت آسان گیر بر خود کارها کز روی طبع
سخت می‌گردد جهان بر مردمان سختکوش

با دل خونین لب خندان بیاور همچو جام
نی گرت زخمی رسد آیی چو چنگ اندر خروش

تا نگردی آشنا زین پرده رمزی نشنوی
گوش نامحرم نباشد جای پیغام سروش

گوش کن پند ای پسر و از بهر دنیا غم مخور
گفتمت چون در حدیثی گر توانی داشت هوش

در حریم عشق نتوان زد دم از گفت و شنید
زان که آن جا جمله اعضا چشم باید بود و گوش

بر بساط نکته دانان خودفروشی شرط نیست
یا سخن دانسته گو ای مرد عاقل یا خموش

****&*****

Google Translates (exceptionally amusing!):

He concealed shower with intelligent resource
And you can hide behind sales Nshayd

He stuck to his work on the nature of Kz
Hardworking people of the world is hard on

I bring with bloody lips, smiling like a Cup
Cho Chang is injured Gareth straws come roaring involved

Ramzi Zein screen looks familiar to wanton
Rather not hear passers Joe a message

Listen to counsel and a son born of sorrow, though not Eat
If you would like the anecdotal intelligence Gftmt

I did not love the privacy of the conversation
Members of that oak where his eyes and ears should be

The musicians on the stand is provided prostitutes
Or he’s considered a wise man or a silent

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